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11 Days Marvelous Safari Tour in Botswana

Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Tailor-made Botswana Safari

Discover and explore the true beauty of Botswana! This tailor-made safari trip will take you from Central Kalahari Game Reserve to one of the largest pans in the world, Makgadikgadi Pan, then into the Okavango Delta through Maun and up to Kasane. An open-roof Land Cruiser will be used for transportation, with all essentials packed in a trailer. Experience the best of the best with Marvelous Mobile Safari!

Highlights

  • Daily game drives in Nxai Pan
  • Visit to Tsodilo Hills and Nxai Pan
  • Boat cruise on the Okavango Delta
  • Excellent wildlife viewing at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
  • Inclusive of all park entrance fees
  • Mokoro in the Okavango Delta
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Delicious daily meals

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10 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Maun Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

During this safari, you will stay in tented camps for 10 nights.

Program

Day 1 Maun

On arrival at Maun Airport, our guests are met by an Marvelous Mobile Safari representative for your welcome to Maun and transfer to a lodge (accommodation at the lodge at your own expense), where, over refreshments, a briefing will be given describing the trip in detail, camping procedure throughout the trip, relevant safety aspects of the safari, before departing to Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) on next day.

Day 2 Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Wake up early morning, have shower and breakfast then depart to CKGR. You will be served packed lunch at a stopover and have opportunity to stretch your legs. Continue your journey to CKGR after having lunch. Enter the park and drive to the camp sites. Arrive at the camp site, meet the staff who will direct you to your camping tents. After a short while you will go for siesta. After siesta have high tea and resume your afternoon game drive within the park. Drive back to the camp after your afternoon game drive, enjoy afresh shower and then dinner will be served. The time for bed will be determined by the last guest.

Day 3 Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Wake up early morning, have a quick shower and have breakfast then resume your game drive within the park. Come back to the camp. After a short while you will have lunch and then go for siesta. After siesta have high tea and resume your afternoon game drive within the park. Drive back to the camp after your afternoon game drive, enjoy afresh shower and then dinner will be served. The time for bed will be determined by the last guest.

Day 4 Makgadikgadi

Morning begins with a fresh shower from a shower bucket with warm water, have breakfast then depart to Makgadikgadi. You will enter the gate and then do your safari all the way until you reach the camp site. Upon arrival at your camping area you will be shown your tents and then have lunch afterwards go for siesta. Before your afternoon activity you will have high tea and then begin your game safari within the park to explore the amazing wildlife. Come back to camp have shower and dinner follows. Time for bed will be determined by the last guest.

Day 5 Nxai Pans

Have a quick shower and breakfast and do a short game drive within Makgadikgadi Park until you go out of the park through the northern gate. You will join a main road from Maun to Nata. About 30 minutes driving north you will enter Nxai Park gate where you will enjoy a game drive until you arrive to the camping area. Upon arrival you will have lunch and then go for siesta. In the afternoon you will have high tea and resume your game drive safari within Nxai Park to witness amazing land scape and wildlife. Later in the evening after coming back from your afternoon activity you will have a shower then enjoy dinner. The time for bed will be determined by the last guest.

Day 6 Okavango Delta

We transfer you to the mokoro station by 4WD open sided safari vehicle (about an hour) where you will meet your qualified guide. He will pole you along myriad water channels looking for wildlife and bird species which inhabit the Delta. There are no facilities out there as you camp on an island chosen by your guide. On arrival your guide will take you for a game walk where you can enjoy awesome sightings and the sound of birdsong; followed by lunch. After lunch you may enjoy a siesta moment in camp to avoid the mid-day heat. Your accommodation will be a 2.4m x 2.4m dome tent with a comfortable bedroll with linen.

Wait for the sunset for the amazing changes in hue that give visitors so much pleasure. At dusk your guide will light you a fire where all your meals will be prepared by a chef. Bring a hat and sunscreen as there is no shade.

Day 7 Okavango Delta

An early morning game walk will be available for interested persons, returning to the camp when ready to prepare and enjoy breakfast.

After breakfast or lunch, the mekoros can be taken again to enjoy the channels, these intricate veins of waterways which interconnect the lagoons, or take a guided bush walk before having lunch or snacks.

In the afternoon, the guides will take their guests in the mekoros to a safe location where swimming is possible in the waters of the Okavango Delta, followed by a chance to learn how to pole a mokoro using the gnashi.

Time can be taken to relax and drink in the landscape.

After the bush walk, we can relax and unwind in the camp, refresh and take dinner under the milky way starlit skies after which the guides and polers will narrate cultural stories and entertain with traditional dances which display animal tracking techniques and gathering methods for traditional medicinal purposes.

Guests interested in astronomy will be treated to one of the most expansive displays of stars on earth, before retiring in cozy tents for the night and drifting off to the sounds of the wild.

Day 8 Moremi

Have shower and breakfast then departs from a Mokoro station from Okavango Delta heading for South Gate where we enter the Moremi Game Reserve. The drive to South Gate normally takes just under two hours, provided the drive has not been delayed by game spotting on the way. On arrival at South Gate, whilst the Professional Guide attends to the necessary paperwork required for entry into the reserve, refreshments will be provided during this short break. The journey continues through the Moremi Game Reserve, game viewing on the way, until the designated camping ground is reached, about a two hour drive from South Gate.

Time to relax and stretch the legs, enjoy a leisurely lunch followed by a relaxation period during which the professional guide will deliver a short briefing about the reserve and other information regarding the safari, before commencing at around 1530 hours an afternoon game drive which may include Maya Pans, the Little Baobab area and Jessie's Pools for sunset. Return to camp for pre-dinner refreshments, take dinner under the stars and later relax for a while around a blazing campfire listening to the calls of the hyenas and lions before retiring for the night.

Day 9 Savuti

After an early morning shower accompanied by light breakfast with ample tea and coffee, just prior to sunrise we do a short game drive of about -+2 hours then come back to the camp. Afterwards we depart camp proceed to Savuti. Packed Lunch will be served on board. Arrive at Savuti camp site, then go for siesta. After a very relaxing siesta enjoy high tea and then resume your game drive within the park. Come back to the camp, have shower and then dinner. Time for bed is determined by last guest.

Overnight camping in Savuti is a true wilderness without fences and where one can enjoy an exhilarating night after dinner listening to the night sounds of the wildlife and maybe get the chance to enjoy close up encounters in the camp.

Day 10 Savuti

Wake up early morning, have shower and breakfast then herd on your morning game drive to continue our exploration of the in Savuti visiting different areas. Come back at the camp to have lunch and then go for siesta. After siesta, its high tea and then go for afternoon game drive. Come back from afternoon activity, have shower and then dinner follows.

Day 11 Kasane

Have shower, then breakfast and do a long game drive all the way from Savuti to Kasane, where upon arrival a t Kasane you will be transferred to the Airport to continue with other travel arrangements.

Shake hands at the Airport and goodbye.

Location

This safari tour will take place in various locations in Botswana, including Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Nxai Pan National Park, Okavango Delta, Tsodilo Hills, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti, and Linyati.

Botswana

Botswana is one of the most sought-after safari countries in Africa, with many diverse areas from deserts to lush delta grassland, to forest and a range of animal and bird species to be seen on game drives. Botswana has many parks, reserves, and private concessions open to game drives, and these all provide different and unique experiences.

There is strict control over driving in the official national parks and reserves, with off-roading and night driving prohibited but this does not prevent spectacular sightings as the day drives are very productive.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Nothing prepares you for the immensity of this reserve, nor its wild, mysterious beauty. There is the immediate impression of unending space and having the entire reserve to yourself. Waist-high golden grasses seem to stretch interminably, punctuated by dwarfed trees and scrub bushes.

Wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night, the stars utterly dominate the land. Their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa and the second largest wildlife reserve in the world, encompassing 52 800 square kilometers.

During and shortly after good summer rains, the flat grasslands of the reserve’s northern reaches teem with wildlife, which gather at the best grazing areas. These include large herds of springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest, eland, and giraffe.

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Imagine an area the size of Portugal, largely uninhabited by humans. Its stark, flat, featureless terrain stretches to eternity, meeting and fusing with a milky-blue horizon. This is the Makgadikgadi, an area of 12 000 square kilometers, part of the Kalahari Basin, yet unique to it, one of the largest salt pans in the world.

For much of the year, most of this desolate area remains waterless and extremely arid, and large mammals are thus absent. But during and following years of good rain, the two largest pans, Sowa to the east and Ntwetwe to the west, flood, attracting wildlife (zebra and wildebeest on the grassy plains) and most spectacularly flamingos at Sowa and Nata Sanctuary. Flamingo numbers can run into the tens, and sometimes hundreds of thousands, and the spectacle can be completely overwhelming.

The rainwater that pours down on the pans is supplemented by seasonal river flows, the Nata, Tutume, Semowane, and Mosetse Rivers in the east, and in years of exceptional rains, the Okavango via the Boteti River in the west. During this time, the pans can be transformed into a powder blue lake, the waters gently lapping the shorelines and flowing over the pebble beaches, a clear indication of the gigantic, prehistoric lake the Makgadikgadi once was. Research suggests that the Makgadikgadi is a relic of what was once one of the biggest inland lakes Africa has ever had.

Okavango Delta

One of the most sought-after wilderness destinations in the world, the Okavango Delta gives entrance to the spectacle of wild Africa such as dreams are made of, the heart-stopping excitement of big game viewing, the supreme tranquility and serenity of an untouched delta, and evocative scenes of extraordinary natural beauty.

A journey to the Okavango Delta, deep into Africa’s untouched interior, is like no other. Moving from wetland to dryland, traversing the meandering palm and papyrus-fringed waterways, passing palm-fringed islands and thick woodland resplendent with lush vegetation and rich in wildlife, reveals the many facets of this unique ecosystem, the largest intact inland delta in the world.

The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin and is often referred to as the "jewel" of the Kalahari. That the Okavango exists at all, deep within this thirstland, seems remarkable. Shaped like a fan, the delta is fed by the Okavango River, the third largest in southern Africa. It has been steadily developed over the millennia by millions of tonnes of sand carried down the river from Angola.

Swollen with floodwaters from the summer rains, the Okavango River travels from the Angolan highlands, crosses into Botswana at Mohembo in the Caprivi, then later spills over the vast fan-shaped Delta.

The timing of the floods is uncanny. Just as the waters from Botswana’s summer rains disappear (April and May), so the floodwaters begin their journey. Around 1300 kilometers of which is through Kalahari sand, revitalizing a vast and remarkably diverse ecosystem of plant and animal life.

The Okavango is a proposed World Heritage Site. Its long-term conservation is ensured through government policy and regulations (though only Moremi Game Reserve has an official protected status), the efforts and initiatives of camps and lodges in its concessions, the recently launched Okavango Development Management Plan (ODMP), and its status as a Ramsar site, under IUCN, an agreement that limits its utilization and development.

Moremi Game Reserve

This gem of a national park has garnered a number of important distinctions. in 2008, it was voted the "best game reserve in Africa" by the prestigious African Travel and Tourism Association at South Africa’s premier tourism fair, Indaba. It is the first reserve in Africa that was established by local residents.

Concerned about the rapid depletion of wildlife in their ancestral lands due to uncontrolled hunting and cattle encroachment, the Batawana people of Ngamiland, under the leadership of the deceased Chief Moremi III’s wife, Mrs. Moremi, took the bold initiative to proclaim Moremi a game reserve in 1963. It is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta and as such holds tremendous scientific, environmental, and conservation importance.

And undoubtedly, Moremi ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa, possibly in the world. Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango and includes the Moremi Tongue and chief’s island, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent.

This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. Both black and White rhino have recently been re-introduced, now making the reserve a "Big Five" destination.

Features

Activities

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General

  • Environmentally friendly

Services

  • Tour assistance

Food

You will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the safari. Bottled water and soft drinks will be provided as well.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Capture photos of the sceneries and wildlife
  • Enjoy the game drives and activities
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Rest in your accommodation
  • See the stunning views

What's included

  • Daily game drives
  • All park entrance fees
  • Services of professional guide and driver
  • Transport in a safari van with hatch roof
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • All camping fees
  • 3 daily meals
  • Bottled water
  • Soft drinks

What's not included

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Items of personal nature
  • Personal insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Maun Airport (MUB).

Airport: Maun Airport Airport transfer included: Maun Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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